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Amber Granadosin
Mac or pc?
on Nov 26, 2011 at 3:45:24 pm

I've been trying to look around but haven't found an answer. Which would be better for mc6, a Mac or pc? It seems like avid likes either macpro or hp workstations. It seems, price wise that both systems are almost the same? Is there a difference with how avid runs on either and how are they maintenance and troubleshooting-wise. Not asking to create a big debate. :) I just want to research and learn more about avid. Thank you.

http://www.amblu.com


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John Pale
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 26, 2011 at 6:26:46 pm

Really comes down to personal preference. On comparable hardware, avid runs well on both OSX and Windows 7.


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Job ter Burg
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 26, 2011 at 7:03:18 pm

True. Upside on PC: you get to use Avid DVD. Upside on Mac: you get to encode MXF ProRes. I love having PC systems plus a MacBook Pro. Keeps me flexible.


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Chris Conlee
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 27, 2011 at 2:15:07 pm

Those are good points, Job. I've always been agnostic. The last time I had to do a major computer upgrade I went Mac, because I wanted the option of running FCP, if I needed too. That's becoming less an issue now, so I'm thinking the next time I have to upgrade computers, I'll probably go back to the PC. It seems to me that Apple is getting away from the Pro market, and as a result certain manufacturers seem to take longer to get working drivers, etc. I'm thinking CUDA in particular.

And while a OEM box will cost as much on the PC side as a comparable Mac, if you build your own, you can get so much more machine for the buck on the PC side. Just my .02

Chris


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Amber Granadosin
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 27, 2011 at 8:44:55 pm

Thank you all for your replies. I am definitely now considering building my own PC for affordability. I am just a bit confused about where to start and what would be a good, compatible configuration (including :) 3d screen and blu ray burner). If you have any suggestions, they would be most welcome.

On the other side, why would it be an advantage to have the ability to encode to prores?

http://www.amblu.com


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Chris Conlee
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 28, 2011 at 3:19:08 am

[Amber Granadosin] "I am just a bit confused about where to start and what would be a good, compatible configuration (including :) 3d screen and blu ray burner)."

These days if I was going to build a machine I'd take a good hard look at VideoGuys' DIY (do it yourself) blog. They build and test these machines for compatibility with the big packages, including Avid. The latest is here:

http://www.videoguys.com/Guide/C/DIY+Systems/Videoguys+DIY8+Hex+Core/0x094b...

Regarding ProRes, I guess the only reason you might want it is because you need it. I know that sounds stupid, but if your day-to-day workflow hasn't revolved around ProRes yet, then you can probably skip it in the future too. I think it's mainly a selling point for FCP converts who have lots of ProRes media and clients who expect delivery in ProRes.

Chris


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Amber Granadosin
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 28, 2011 at 3:45:50 am

Thank you so much! This is really good information. I will take a look at the videoguys link you posted!

http://www.amblu.com


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Job ter Burg
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:56:59 am

Also check out this link http://community.avid.com/forums/t/99188.aspx


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Patrick Murphy
Re: Mac or pc?
on Nov 29, 2011 at 10:58:01 am

Thank you i also found this extremely helpful

Paddy


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